Cook the crabs in boiling water for about 8 minutes, then plunge into an ice bath to chill. Remove the meat from the shell: lift the triangular flap from underneath the crab that attaches to the top shell. Lift the top shell away from the body and pull the intestines and grey gills out of the body. Crack the claws with the back of a heavy knife. Remove the crab meat from the claws and body and discard the shell.
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